HoP 367 - Brian Copenhaver on Renaissance Magic

February 28th, 2021

Our guest Brian Copenhaver joins us to explain how Ficino and other Renaissance philosophers thought about magic.

HoP 360 - Dag N. Hasse on Arabic Learning in the Renaissance

November 22nd, 2020

An interview with Dag Nikolaus Hasse on the Renaissance reception of Averroes, Avicenna, and other authors who wrote in Arabic.

HoP 355 - Town and Gown - Italian Universities

September 13th, 2020

The blurry line dividing humanism and scholastic university culture in the Italian Renaissance.

HoP 344 - The Count of Concord - Pico della Mirandola

March 8th, 2020

Pico della Mirandola argues for the harmony of the ancient authorities, draws on Jewish mysticism, and questions the value of humanist rhetoric.

HoP 337 - More Rare Than the Phoenix - Italian Women Humanists

December 1st, 2019

Cassandra Fedele, Isotta Nogarola, and Laura Cereta seek fame and glory through eloquence and learning.

HoP 331 - Literary Criticism - Lorenzo Valla

September 8th, 2019

Lorenzo Valla launches a furious attack on scholastic philosophy, favoring the resources of classical Latin.

HoP 311 - The Elements of Style - Rhetoric in Byzantium

November 4th, 2018

Psellos and other experts in rhetoric explore how this art of persuasion relates to philosophy.

HoP 302 - On the Eastern Front - Philosophy in Syriac and Armenian

June 3rd, 2018

Eastern Christian philosophy outside of Constantinople, focusing on translation and exegesis in the languages of Syriac and Armenian.

HoP 289 - A Wing and a Prayer - Angels in Medieval Philosophy

November 19th, 2017

Be surprised by how many philosophical problems arise in connection with angels (how many can dance on the head of a pin is not one of them).

HoP 283 - Jack Zupko on John Buridan

July 30th, 2017

Peter speaks to Jack Zupko about John Buridan's secular and parsimonious approach to philosophy.

HoP 282 - Portrait of the Artist - John Buridan

July 16th, 2017

The hipster’s choice for favorite scholastic, John Buridan, sets out a nominalist theory of knowledge and language, and explains the workings of free will.

HoP 277 - Trivial Pursuits - Fourteenth Century Logic

May 7th, 2017

The scholastics discuss the ambiguity of terms, the nature of logical inference, and logical paradoxes, and play the game of “obligations.”

HoP 273 - What Do You Think? - Ockham on Mental Language

March 12th, 2017

How the language of thought relates to spoken and written language, according to William of Ockham.

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